Project Morpheus
Sony's Project Morpheus being demoed at the Tokyo Game Show last year. Reuters

Job listings reveal that Sony have assembled a new studio to develop virtual reality games for Project Morpheus, the company's PlayStation-supporting headset. The imaginatively christened North West Studio has been set up in North West England.

The eight job advertisements on Sony's PlayStation website are searching for experienced level designers, character animators, a lead artist and a lead designer. Asked about the listings by Eurogamer, Sony issued a short statement.

"We are still in the early planning phase with this studio, and are currently focused on hiring the right team," said a spokesperson. "We look forward to sharing more news and formal announcements in the near future."

Eurogamer cite multiple sources who claim the studio is partly made up of developers who once worked at Driveclub developer Evolution, which suffered layoffs back in March as part of a Sony restructuring.

According to one source Evolution was working on Morpheus prototypes before the layoffs and those projects may be further developed by North West. The new studio joins Sony London Studio, which is known to be working on virtual reality games as well ahead of the hardware's release in the first half of 2016.